Dad's Favorite Cream Ale

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PROFILE:

Evenly balanced with subtle hops and a pale malty base, this ale is has a light body with a creamy mouthfeel and crisp finish. The addition of honey offers a bit of dryness and subtle honey flavor to compliment the pale malts.

FOR FANS OF:

Pub Ale - Boddington’s Brewery
Genesee Cream Ale - Genesee Brewing

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can American Lager Brewing Extract
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extract)
  • 1 BrewMax SoftPack LME - Pale
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

YOU PROVIDE:

  • ½ Cup Honey

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.048(approx.) -- FG: 1.010 1 (approx.)
  • Flavor: Balanced
  • ABV (alc/vol): 5.1%
  • SRM (Color): 4
  • IBU (Bitterness): 17
  • BJCP Style: 1. Standard American Beer - 1C. Cream Ale

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 2 - 4 Weeks = 2 - 3 Months

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Dad's Favorite Cream Ale Instructions

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can American Lager Brewing Extract
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extract)
  • 1 BrewMax SoftPack LME - Pale
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

YOU PROVIDE:

  • ½ Cup Honey

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.048(approx.) -- FG: 1.010 1 (approx.)
  • Flavor: Balanced
  • ABV (alc/vol): 5.1%
  • SRM (Color): 4
  • IBU (Bitterness): 17
  • BJCP Style: 1. Standard American Beer - 1C. Cream Ale

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 2 - 4 Weeks = 2 - 3 Months

 

STEP 1: SANITIZING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)

NOTE: BE SURE TO SANITIZE EVERYTHING THAT WILL COME INTO CONTACT WITH YOUR BEER. 

STEP 2: BREWING

Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation. 

    1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can and LME softpack in hot tap water.
    2. Using the sanitized measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring water to a boil, add in the honey, then remove from heat.
    3. Open the can of Brewing Extract and the LME, and pour the contents into the hot mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.
    4. Fill keg with cold tap water to the #1 mark on the back.
    5. Pour the wort into the keg, and then bring the volume of the keg to the #2 mark by adding more cold water. Stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk.
    6. Sprinkle the yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir. 
    7. Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 65° and 75° F (18.3°-23.6° C) and out of direct sunlight. After approximately 24 hours, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface.
    8. You’ll ferment for 21 days total. Your fermentation will usually reach its peak in 2 to 5 days (this is also known as “high krausen”). You may see a layer of foam on top of the wort, and sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the fermenter. This is totally normal. Complete fermentation will take approximately 2 weeks. After high krausen the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. Your beer is still fermenting. The yeast is still at work slowly finishing the fermentation process.

    Step 3: BOTTLING AND CARBONATING

    Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)

Flavor Profile

balanced-recipesFlavor Profile
Alcohol by volume: 5.1%
SRM (color): 4
IBU (Bitterness): 17
Dad's Favorite Cream Ale is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth And Delicious Brewed 11/10/15. Bottled 11/24/15. First Tasted 12/10/15 I'll start out honest, when I first tasted this it was not what I was expecting and I wasn't that crazy about it. I guess it goes back to the best advice I can give anyone on Mr. Beer brewing, Show Some Patience, And Be Rewarded. I like to give each beer at least an additional week added on to the maximum suggested conditioning time. After my first taste test I let it sit another week and it was much better. I brought a six pack to some Christmas parties and got compliments even from some of my more non-beer drinker friends. Smooth finish, good mouthfeel, a better alternative to macro-brews.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good warm weather beer... Fermented this for two weeks, bottle primed for three (this one was slow to carbonate for some reason) and lagered for another two. Take this for what it's worth, but of all the recipes I've tried, this one is probably the closest to a commercial macro lager, yet better. It's smooth tasting, pale and light--especially with some lagering time--which is what a cream ale should be. I opened a bottle today, but I think I'll wait until summer to drink the rest of them, because it would be a good thirst quencher or lawnmower beer for a hot day. Nothing too interesting or complex about this one, but brew it if you just want something straight forward and refreshing.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light honey flavor with good malty top. My first Mr. Beer batch. Easy to make and even easier to drink. Hard to wait. I did the 3 week ferment, 3 week carbonate, and just couldn’t wait the bottle conditioning time to try my first one. I'll let the rest condition and see how things are after this first taste, but if it keeps getting better then I'll only be happier. Great taste with light honey middle with malty overtones and clean finish. Very good. Also, the oxygen brewery wash and the bottling wand are truly a must for completing your Mr. Beer kit. Both make bottling and cleaning up so so much easier.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Late bloomer Recently finished the last bottle from a purchase a year ago. Right after conditioning, no bueno. Was drinkable, but thoroughly unimpressed. Figured I'd just drink on the other brew instead and have this as something that will "just do the trick" when wanting a buzz. Came back a month or two later and wow. It really matured into something quite tasty. I would let this one sit for a bit after pouring and the flavors burst right out. Certainly use GOOD LOCAL HONEY. Not the uniform junk at the store. It will be worth every penny in something like this!
Date published: 2016-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best so far! I'm new at making my own beer and honestly they have all turned out good. However, Dad's Favorite Cream Ale is absolutely my favorite so far. Great taste, color, carbonation, and beautiful smell.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lighter beer that is refreshing. Second time I made this and it turned out better than first time. The first time I made it with clover honey, but as an experiment since I combined leftover orange blossom honey with clover honey. Made for a very pleasant tasting cream ale. Gave it a nice citrus flavor on the back end.
Date published: 2016-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Appropriate name It truly was my dad's favorite beer. He drank more of it than I did. I follow the 2-2-2 method, and it turned out fantastic. The honey adds a very slight sweetness to make a flavorful, but not overpowering beer. This could easily become a go-to beer for relaxing or to share a party.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Best Brew So Far! Wow, this is my best brew so far. Smooth and delicious with a small touch of sweetness from the honey. Less hoppy than the American Lager and a huge hit with family and friends. I highly recommend this recipe and I will definitely make it again.
Date published: 2016-06-08
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